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Employee of Lebanon, N.H., Nonprofit Honored For Efforts to End Gender-Based Violence

  • Kate Rohdenburg, program director of WISE, left, received the Prevention Innovations Research Center Practitioner Award. Jennifer Muns, from Congresswoman Annie Kuster's office, presented Rohdenburg with a letter of commendation. Courtesy photograph

Published: 5/20/2017 11:17:54 PM
Modified: 5/20/2017 11:17:54 PM

Lebanon — Kate Rohdenburg, program director for WISE, has received the annual Practitioner Award from the Prevention Innovations Research Center at the University of New Hampshire.

The Lebanon-based nonprofit works to end gender-based violence. The award recognizes individuals for their vision and leadership in ending gender-based violence, including sexual and relationship violence and stalking, according to a news release from WISE.

Rohdenburg was recognized earlier this month at a luncheon at the university. During the event, Jennifer Muns, of U.S. Rep. Ann Kuster’s office, presented a letter of commendation thanking her for her contribution to preventing sexual violence in New Hampshire.

Rohdenburg has been a key player in advocating for sustainable, innovative, and trauma-informed prevention programming across New Hampshire, said Lyn Schollett, executive director of the New Hampshire Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Peggy O’Neil, executive director of WISE, said Rohdenburg’s passion for, and activism to end gender-based violence transcends her role at WISE.

“This is her calling as a person and as a professional,” O’Neil said. “She is a tireless and passionate prevention practitioner and activist.”

Rohdenburg said she was deeply honored by the nomination from her colleagues at WISE.

“I feel so fortunate to be able to work in a field that is changing the world, and can’t imagine a more important cause for my personal and professional life,” she said. “I am enormously grateful to the Prevention Innovations Research Center for their work providing evidence to support practice, and recognition of practitioners in New Hampshire.”

— Staff report

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